Ripple Cross and Stocks
Ripple is a village and parish in Worcestershire, adjacent to the border with Gloucestershire. Ripple is one of the most southerly parishes in the county and is situated on the A38 road with the River Severn as its western boundary. Together with the villages and hamlets of Ryall, Holly Green, The Grove, Naunton, and Uckinghall, the civil parish has a combined population of 1,799. The ancient parish also includes Holdfast as well as Ripple in Oswaldslow hundred and Queenhill in Pershore Hundred. A detached part of the ancient parish lies in Twyning Meadow, otherwise in Gloucestershire.
Ripple is mentioned in passing in the Domesday Book of 1086, under the entry of Upton upon Severn, as being "also held by the Bishop of Worcester". During the Civil War, Ripple was the site of a Royalist victory, the Battle of Ripple Field, on 13 April 1643. After an initial Parliamentarian attack by cavalry which was repulsed, the Parliamentarians retreated back into the village of Ripple. After a brief stand, they were eventually routed by the royalist cavalry of Prince Maurice (Maurice of the Palatinate).
St Mary's Church is a Grade-I-listed building with "exceptional" 15th-century stalls with 16 carved misericords.
Ripple railway station was on the Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway on the Midland Railway (later LMS) branch line from Ashchurch to Great Malvern, which ran via Tewkesbury, Ripple, Upton-upon-Severn and Malvern Wells. This was opened from Ashchurch as far as Tewkesbury on 21 July 1840 and extended to Malvern on 16 May 1864. It was closed beyond Upton-on-Severn railway station on 1 December 1952 and the rest (including Ripple) on 14 August 1961. Ripple station still stands, attractively restored, and is now a private house.
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